UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: Prosecutors have now confirmed that five people were detained during the raids, including three who allegedly "sheltered" Salah Abdeslam. In a statement to reporters quoted by the Associated Press, French president Francois Hollande suggested the terror plot carried out in Paris was comprised of more people "than authorities initially thought."
UPDATE 3:48 p.m.: Officials have now confirmed that two additional suspects were also detained during the raid in Brussels, according to a report from the Associated Press. Their names have not been revealed. In a separate statement, French authorities cited the investigation as "not over" while promising "more arrests" to come.
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Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in last November’s Paris terror attacks, has been arrested in Belgium’s capital. Abdeslam’s capture was confirmed by a Belgian counter-terrorism source in a statement to CNN on Friday, following a violent shootout. According to investigators, Abdeslam is believed to have transported three suicide bombers to a drop-off point near the State de France prior to the attacks. Shortly after the attacks, Abdeslam successfully escaped to Belgium through the assistance of friends.
Following the discovery of fingerprints during the raid of an apartment in a different neighborhood earlier this week, Belgian authorities headed to the Molenbeek area of Brussels. Gunshots were fired during the raid, according to the Associated Press. After confirming that two people were injured during the operation, one of those suspects was revealed to be Salah Abdeslam. The deputy mayor of Molenbeek tells AP that the federal prosecutor’s office has confirmed Abdeslam was "shot in the leg" during an alleged exchange of gunfire and detained.
During the previous raid in the Forest suburb, Mohamed Belkaid was reportedly shot and killed. Belkaid, according toCNN, used the pseudonym Samir Bouzid and reportedly "directed" the November attacks via phone calls from Belgium. Abdeslam's brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, was reportedly a suicide bomber who detonated himself near a cafe during the attacks. Those attacks, considered the largest in the region since World War II, ultimately resulted in the deaths of 130 people.